The National Lung Health Framework is a long-term, strategic action plan designed to improve respiratory health for all people living in Canada. Throughout the development process, stakeholders have identified the following outcomes to work towards as we build and implement the action plan together.

For individuals and families living with respiratory disease:

  • Earlier diagnosis of their respective conditions;
  • Affordable and timely access to health care and supports;
  • Access to health information and informed choice;
  • Improved quality of life;
  • Tools and programs that enable greater self-management of their disease and respiratory health.

For everyone in Canada living without respiratory disease:

  • Greater awareness of respiratory disease issues;
  • Assistance in maximizing their respiratory health;
  • Assistance in maintaining good respiratory health through improved air quality at home, at work and in their communities;
  • Preventative programs that help reduce their risk of contracting infectious diseases and the development chronic disease.

For First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples:

  • Inclusive, holistic, respectful and appropriate approach to First Nations, Inuit and Métis issues with respect to respiratory health and partnering on health issues, that results in culturally appropriate prevention and care;
  • Active participation in the development and implementation of research, policies, programs and other decision-making that affects their communities;
  • The ability to accurately measure, monitor, and evaluate the health status of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities;
  • Research, policies and programs that acknowledge the barriers increasing risk factors and that address the disparity between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and other people in Canada with respect to incidence and prevalence of respiratory disease and prevention, surveillance, diagnosis and access to care;
  • Research, policies and programs that acknowledge the importance of indoor air quality and other home and work place issues that affect respiratory health;
  • Research, policies and programs that address the particular concern of high recreational use of tobacco;
  • Community-based solutions and increased access to care and services in remote locations.

For health care providers and medical communities:

  • A clear picture of the scope of problems and current solutions related to respiratory disease (who is doing what and with what impact);
  • The promotion of respiratory health and disease prevention;
  • Improved access to best practices and coordinated care;
  • Better access to information and increased practical applications of research;
  • Tools and knowledge to address the special needs of “at-risk” populations;
  • Awareness of the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples;
  • Efficient and timely access to new information about respiratory disease.

For researchers and investigators:

  • Better coordination and sharing of research;
  • Sustainable, accessible and increased funding for basic and applied research and investment into new researchers;
  • Increased tools and opportunities for knowledge exchange;
  • A greater understanding of how public health policy is developed and implemented.

For non-governmental organizations:

  • Support and resourcing to improve their ability to provide information and support to patients, families, communities and health professionals;
  • Better coordination of efforts among health stakeholders;
  • More effective translation of research findings into practical applications, such as respiratory health programs, policies and guidelines;
  • Increased access to information about programs, policies and research in other regions, sectors and fields.

For community support agencies:

  • Ability to increase their reach to populations at risk for respiratory disease;
  • Increased benefits from health promotion, care and support efforts to address shared risk factors and co-morbidity issues with respiratory health;
  • Increased flow of information among agencies and departments about respiratory health issues.

For federal, provincial, territorial and other governments:

  • Increased coordination among jurisdictions and between departments addressing respiratory health issues;
  • Active stakeholder participation in the policy development process to inform new and existing health and environment policy;
  • A move towards integrated systems of prevention, treatment and management that reflect a wholistic approach to respiratory health throughout the community;
  • Cost-risk-benefit data.

For private sector/health industry:

  • Tools and programs that have a broader reach and stronger impact on disease management and quality of life;
  • Expanded research that reflects new trends and emerging issues in respiratory disease;
  • Access to best practices, guidelines and tools;
  • Tools to monitor workplace exposure;
  • Cost-risk-benefit data.